For two years now, we've heard Barack Obama's media allies tell us how he was somehow Not a Politician, that he was the pragmatic soul of civility who was "uniquely qualified to nudge the country toward the color purple." (So said Newsweek.) If that myth hadn't died under tons of weight to the contrary by now, it certainly should have expired in Springfield, Ill., when he selected Joe Biden as his running mate. The Democratic hatchet men were unleashed.
Obama brought the D-word to the table: The Republicans are a "disaster." The country could not suffer through "Four more years of the same out of touch policies that created an economic disaster at home. A disastrous foreign policy abroad. Four more years of the same divisive politics that's all about tearing people down instead of lifting the country up."
But the media didn't hear these words and ask how one can both hate "divisive politics that tear people down" and tell the current president he's created a giant sinkhole of a presidency that's ruining America. There's nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned smash-mouth politics -- unless you've done nothing for the last four years but build a fraudulent and sickening self-portrait as someone who would never stoop to describe another politician as a "disaster."
It's bad enough that the media want to allow the Democrats to look above the fray while they are hitting below the belt. But it's beyond irresponsible that they remain silent when Democrats purposely promote untruths. When Biden spoke, here's one of his applause lines: "We can't afford four more years of a government that does nothing while they watch the housing market collapse."
What? Biden can't remember the headlines from July 30, when President Bush signed an expensive housing-bailout bill (the media called it a "housing rescue") after Congress -- i.e., Sen. Biden -- quickly convened on legislation? CNN crowed: "The new law, one of the most far-reaching on housing in decades, marks the centerpiece of Washington's efforts to address the nation's housing meltdown." But on CNN, there was no fact checking on Biden's rank dishonesty.
Biden suggested he was literally Joe Lunchbox: "Ladies and gentlemen, your kitchen table is like mine, you sit there at night after you put the kids to bed and you talk. You talk about what you need. You talk about how much you're worried about being able to pay the bills. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's not a worry John McCain has to worry about. It's a pretty hard experience. He'll have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at."